Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Australia (Received 100%)

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Outlaw motorcycle gangs in australia

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By Brooke Larkins
Year 11 2012 http://s1.aecdn.com/images/news/outlaw-motorcycle-gangs-live-hard-die-free-14383_23.jpg ‘Bikie gangs are like any other organisation or club. There are criminals in all walks of life’
Almost 40 motorcycle clubs are linked to criminal activities. These are referred to as outlaw motorcycle gangs. ‘Outlaw’ is not a legal definition; it rather refers to their views, seeing themselves as outside the law. Outlaw motorcycle gangs refer to themselves as ‘1 percenters’, as 99 percent of motorcyclists operate within law society’s conventions, they see themselves as the 1% that don’t. the
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Following this incident on the 2 April 2009, NSW Premier Rees introduced the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Bill 2009. It commenced on assent on 3 April 2009. This act provides the power to declare outlaw motorcycle gangs as criminal organisations. Under the act, the Commissioner of Police may seek a declaration that a bikie gang is declared a criminal organisation under section 6. The decision is made by a judge in court under section 9 (1). The descriptions of people eligible is under section 9 (2) subsection (b) and (c) and states that only current or former members are eligible, not persons who associate, or have associated with the members of the organisation.
The judge is not required to provide reasons for his/her decision and rules of evidence that don’t apply to the hearing of application for declaration the section 13. The Applicable standard of proof is on the balance of probabilities under section 32 and a declaration can be made in the absence of any affected members under section 9 (3).
May 13 2009 saw further passing of legislation in New South Wales dealing with outlaw motorcycle gangs, the Criminal Organisations Legislation Amendment Act 2009. This new legislation made it an offence of recruiting persons to be a member of declared organisations, carrying a maximum penalty of five years

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